Sam Brownback is just having a rough day today. After a new set of polls came out highlighting that Paul Davis remains in a nice lead - about 8 points by SurveyUSA, Brownback took the unusual step of releasing his internal polls.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign took an unusual step Tuesday night and released an internal poll that showed the governor up by 1 percentage point against Democrat Paul Davis, hours after another poll showed Davis leading by 8 percentage points.
Chapman Rackaway, a professor of political science at Fort Hays State University, called the release of the internal poll “a moment of panic” by the Brownback campaign.Rackaway, who is pretty well known for his fairly conservative leanings, throwing up the flag that Brownback might be rattled? Panicked? Well, tonight, Sam Kicked it up a notch, and took it all the way to paranoid.
“I would hold off on ‘desperation’ until October. If they’re still fumbling around and they’re still doing things like this that appear very reactive and kind of not thought-through in October, then I’ll say ‘desperation,’ ” Rackaway said. “But I’ll definitely go as far to say that it’s a bit of panic right now.”
"SurveyUSA has a history of inaccurate polling," said John Milburn, a spokesman for the governor and former Associated Press reporter who covered Brownback and other Kansas politicians for more than a decade. "This latest release from the organization is more of the same."Oh, all those Absurd Polls showing you're losing.
Brownback campaign manager Mark Dugan, who worked for Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, discounted SurveyUSA's work product as "another absurd poll showing the governor losing."
As they point out, 4 years ago, Brownback LOVED SurveyUSA
Amanda Adkins, chairwoman of the Kansas Republican Party, declared the poll forecast a "clean sweep" on Election Day. Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag proclaimed the result proved Brownback's pitch was resonating with Kansans. The campaign's Facebook post piled on: "We're thrilled with the latest statewide poll. Thank you for your support."http://cjonline.com/...
But that was four years ago.
That August 2010 assessment by SurveyUSA indicated Brownback would claim 67 percent of the vote against 25 percent for Democratic nominee Tom Holland.
As Paul Davis continues to poll ahead in poll after poll, the Brownback campaign finds themselves doing unusual things - Brownback making trips to Western Kansas where Democratic Candidates are tearing up the turf and making inroads is causing real headaches for Brownback, who needs big wins out west.
Meanwhile, Paul Davis finds himself criss-crossing the state with a fresh stride in his step, as people tend to like a winner.
Sorry Sam, Paranoia just isn't your suit.